Any hopes by Jubilee “friendly” parties to receive support from Jubilee Party after endorsing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid may have been thwarted.
Six parties, that refused to fold up and join Jubilee Party, supported President Kenyatta’s bid last week in an event that culminated to a Jubilee Delegates Conference at Bomas of Kenya.
The parties are Martha Karua’s Narc Kenya, Gideon Moi’s Kanu, Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap, Kenya Patriotic Party and Economic Freedom Party.
By endorsing the president, the parties hope to gain favour on the ground, where most of them face candidates from Jubilee Party.
But in an interview on Citizen TV on Tuesday, Deputy President William Ruto said that that is a far-fetched presumption.
DP William Ruto stated that Jubilee Party is solely behind its candidates in all political fronts in the August 8 elections.
We stand with our own – DP William Ruto
He noted that Jubilee intends to win more seats in both the governor, senate, parliamentary and county assemblies’ seats to ensure the president has strong support on the ground.
“Independent candidates are just that; we have our own Jubilee members with whom we share a philosophy and manifesto and we’ll work with in ensuring that our manifesto is implemented.
“Those will be our soldiers. Any candidates from other parties or independents are free to support us but our focus is on our members and our candidates,” DP William Ruto said.
Jubilee’s is concerned over probable divisions on the ground where the “friendly” parties have vowed to field candidates while still campaigning for Uhuru’s re-election.
The alternative (Jubilee supporting other parties’ candidates, would be detrimental to Jubilee, and specifically DP Ruto’s position in Rift Valley.
DP Ruto is facing a definitive test from Kanu and NASA-affiliated Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) under the leadership of the now NASA principal and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, all who are fielding candidates to face Jubilee’s.
Jubilee could face stiff competition from Narc Kenya in Kirinyaga where Martha Karua is vying against Jubilee nominee Anne Waiguru.
Additionally, in Embu, Maendeleo Chap Chap candidate Lenny Kivuti will face off with Jubilee nominee and incumbent governor Martin Wambora.
It is such concerns that may have advised Jubilee’s decision to stand with their candidates to prevent a future revolts and internal wrangles from non-Jubilee Parties after the elections.